The release of Sharon Jones’s final album, recorded while she had terminal cancer, is the latest example of an artist saying goodbye through music.
Those grabbing headlines today include Taylor Swift, Leonard Cohen, deathbed music, Sturgill Simpson, Remembrance Day, young divas, Choir! Choir!Choir!, Pussy Riot, Coco Love Alcorn, Bully, Drive By Truckers, 93-5 The Move, and Simon and Garfunkel.
Monday night in Montreal, on the eve of the first anniversary of his death, his presence was keenly felt by the 17,000 people who attended a sold out, three-hour, star-studded concert in his memory.
Performers in the commemorative program include Børns, Coeur de Pirate, Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Feist, Philip Glass, K.D. Lang, Bettye Lavette, Courtney Love, Damien Rice, Seth Rogen, Ron Sexsmith, Sting, Patrick Watson, Wesley Schultz & Jeremiah Fraites from the Lumineers, and Adam Cohen.
Some of Cohen's albums over the last decades were marred by synthetic keyboard sounds, but thankfully they are lacking here.
Making the news today are Leonard Cohen, the CMPA Create initiative, Neon Dreams, Caribbean hurricane relief, Hey Ocean!, SOCAN, Jack De Keyzer, and Johnny Sandlin.
Dundurn has just published the slim volume that offers a wealth of well documented facts about the legendary Canadian, and a few ripping good stories as well.
The skinny on the MMVAs, Mimi sets her sights on Drake, Carly Rae pulls some strings at Roy Thomson Hall, and Warner celebrates a Silver anniversary here in Canada.
Hydra Hallelujah: superfans keep Leonard Cohen's spirit alive in Greece